Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Sabrina (18) from Texas used her award to launch Artful Start a nonprofit art program for children with disabilities. The organization runs a variety of programs throughout the year including family art days and art booths at community events. AS creates setups that are accessible for all types of children.
- How many volunteers participated in your project? How many hours did it involve? 30+ volunteers and 250+ hours.
- What did you learn from this experience? This semester was my first experience running Artful Start remotely (I am a freshman in college). As I balanced my Artful Start responsibilities with my university workload, I learned a lot about delegating tasks and building a strong team.
- How will your project continue having an impact in the future? Artful Start is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, allowing it to operate from donations and grants. With chapters throughout Texas and more soon forming, I hope Artful Start’s legacy will outlast my leadership.
- Overall, summarize how your project was completed and how you think it went. I am happy with the events that Artful Start has run this semester, including monthly art classes at the Down Syndrome Association, two family art days, and several art booths at larger disability-related events. These events were completed by Artful Start teams in San Antonio and Austin.
- How was the Karma for Cara microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? The grant provided the funding needed to purchase the art supplies for all of our events, from glitter slime to sensory bottles. Thank you!